Monthly Archives: November 2010

Crafty book

Check out Off the Beaten Craft blogger Caryn Rupert’s recent review of Amy Sedaris’ “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People,” a tongue-in-cheek guide she wrote with collaborator Paul Dinello. Rupert’s opinion? If you like crafts–and humor–you should read this book. … Continue reading

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Gifts for book lovers!

I just got my daughter what I am sure will be her favorite Christmas present: A gift card to a local bookstore and a promise to let her take as long as she wants spending it. For my husband, I … Continue reading

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‘Awakening’ has ‘Oprah Effect’

Recently, I blogged about “The Book of Awakening,” one of the books mentioned on Oprah’s “Ultimate Favorite Things 2010” episode. Already, author Mark Nepo and his publisher are feeling “The Oprah Effect.” Publisher’s Weekly reports that “The Book of Awakening” … Continue reading

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Book review: “Sarah’s Key”

I made the mistake of starting “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay after midnight. I just had taken some cough medicine and was waiting for it to kick in, so I thought I’d read a chapter or two before falling … Continue reading

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Oprah’s ‘Favorite’ books

On her two “Favorite Things” themed shows, Oprah Winfrey mentioned two book titles, a heyday for the authors. The first was rapper Jay-Z’s memoir “Decoded.” The book carries the performer through his childhood, during which he shot his crack-addicted older … Continue reading

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Which of these have you read?

A “note” going around Facebook lists 100 books. It asks users to bold titles they have read and italicize books that they’ve begun but not finished reading. I thought it was interesting, so I’m posting it here with my results. … Continue reading

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Pairing holiday books, movies

By DEBORAH SULLIVAN On the Shelves One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the flurry of Christmas movies that run on the Hallmark Channel and ABC Family. Most memorable to me was watching the consummate Doris Roberts … Continue reading

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‘Hallows’ is amazing!

You know how really great movies just sort of give you a buzz? That’s what the latest Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” did for me. The movie is amazing. Sure, it skips a lot … Continue reading

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Smart book picks

Have you seen the holiday issue of Smart magazine? Check out page 50 for great book recommendations, including: • “The Girl Who Chased the Moon” by Sarah Addison Allen, recommended by Smart correspondent Tara Hawkins. Hawkins writes, “I offer this … Continue reading

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Calling all HP fans!

Who went to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” at midnight? What did you think? I’m going on Sunday with two other moms and am so excited!

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